Bun B – Return Of The Trill Review

This is a great album from a veteran artist, showing that he still has a lot of talent behind the mic. Bun B has crafted a release that will resonate with a lot of listeners as having a lot of classic feel, but with a modern twist.

The production is great and works extremely well with Bun B’s rap style and tone. There is a lot of flavour in each beat and each backing creates the right atmosphere for the song. Maybe a few more softer offerings could make this feel a little more complete for some, but this is still a great listen when it comes to the production.

The lyricism is great, not the most complicated, but very enjoyable. Bun B has a unique vocal tone that exacerbates the impact of the rhymes and makes them much more entertaining. A little more experimentation with flow and complexity could show a little more willing to grow as an artist, but Bun B has certainly carved out his own lane here.

The features are great as each does a great job of showing their own capabilities as well as adding to the cohesiveness of the track list. All the guests fit perfectly into the song they are on and only bring positives to this project. It is possible that a few moresingers could add another dimension, but the guests on here are exactly what was needed for these particular songs.

Overall, this is one of the strongest releases of the year so far. Bun B has done a truly fantastic job creating this album and hopefully listeners will recognize that.

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Tech N9NE – The Storm Review

This is a lengthy release from Tech, but each song is entertaining. They might not all work as a full album listen through, but individually, these are good songs.

The production is great with plenty of energy keeping the album buzzing. Each beat makes a great atmosphere for the type of song which helps keep the listener interested. Maybe a few more slow tracks could give more of a balanced feel, but it may not fit with Tech’s particular style.

The lyricism is fantastic with some of the best wordplay this year. Tech bends words to his will as he crafts bar full of multi-syllable schemes as well as every other lyrical device. His flow may be a little fast for everyone, but it makes very entertaining tracks.

The features are good as they help keep tracks fresh considering how long this project is. Each puts in a great effort that shows the chemistry that the Strange Music roster has with each other. There is a good balance of rap and singing, but a few more artists who are singers could give a little more depth.

Overall, this is a good release from Tech N9NE but it is not as cohesive as his previous albums. While he does more than good work on this, a bit more direction could ave stream lined this a bit more.

Oddisee – The Good Fight Review

This project is exactly the fluid, retro and uplifting album that listeners have been looking for. It has all the elements of a great album and comes together well for a great listening experiance.

The production is excellent with its laid back and yet somehow energetic beats that work well with Oddisee’s style. The backings are smooth and cohesive with each other and the messages of each track. Some more variation in tone could more of a project for everyone, but there is no doubt how enjoyable this album is.

The lyricism is excellent and Oddisee’s flow continues to be a huge asset to the Hip Hop community. The rapid fire lyrics combined with the complexity of the wordplay lead to fantasticly entertaining tracks. A few simpler ones for the more mainstream audiance could boost sales, but as the last track says, Oddisee’s shouldn’t dumb down his lyrics for anyone.

The features are great and have great chemistry with Oddisee. They all bring great effort and passion to the tracks they are on. More features with bigger names could bring Oddisee more fame, but he has enough fans to have rap as a career so he must be doing something right with connections.

Overall, this is an excellent listen through and a very entertaining album. Oddisee should be proud of how this album has come together and should continue with the work ethic that created it.